American stem cell clinics put thousands of patients at risk each year through hawking expensive, unproven and unapproved medical interventions, and now Dr. Oz is reportedly taking them on in a new show set to air tomorrow.
Those running the clinics have affixed the buzz phrase “stem cells” onto a whole range of stuff ranging from A (actual stem cells, but unproven) to Z (zombie cells; aka not really living cells of the stem cell variety.)
While at times in the past the Dr. Oz Show has been criticized for how it discussed unproven health interventions, from what I can tell on the stem cell front now, they are very serious about exposing how risky the stem cell clinic industry has become.
A clip of the Dr. Oz show I was able to see in last week was striking. Another clip above from the show of Montel Williams is quite intense.
I was able to get this quote from Dr. Oz himself about this situation and the show:
“These stem cell clinics are using the potential of legitimate research to take advantage of patients desperate for help. These physicians are violating not only the trust of their patients but also the law and hopefully our show will push the FDA to use its authority to shut them down.”
I’ve set my DVR to record it. If you have any interest at all in stem cells as a patient, scientist, physician, student, grant funder, science writer, FDA person, FTC person, etc., you should check this out.
Dr. Sally Temple, President of ISSCR, is also on the show. I’m told that the stem cell clinic segment will be the second half of the show.